by Patrick Hoffman on 03/11/10 at 01:30 PM ET
Last night was obviously a game that the New York Rangers would like to have back and unfortunately, it’ll go down in the loss column as the Blueshirts continue to struggle.
The Blueshirts did not raise their game, including goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Sure, Lundqvist did not receive much help but he needed to be better than he was and could not do so.
While it was nice to see both Vinny Prospal and Erik Christensen score, it was another quiet game for Marian Gaborik. Yes, he had an assist but he’s just not the same out there and one has to wonder if there is still something wrong with him.
Scott Ferrall was at the game last night and was kind enough to send me his thoughts regarding his experience at the tilt:
It’s always great going to see this rivalry in person. I thought the Rangers losing their fourth straight game and having King Henrik yanked in the second stood out more than the Devils recovering from a lousy Western Conference swing. They had won in SJ, but got worked in Calgary and shut out in Edmonton. Sometimes a team that has a tough trip will come home and drop the first game in their building, but that didn’t happen at the Rock Wednesday night.
The Rangers tied the game up for the third time at 3-3, but Langenbrunner and Rolston scored 2 minutes apart and it was over. Marty looked sharp-Lundqvist did not.
Zubrus, Greene and Mattau all had two assists for the Devils. Zajac scored the final goal with just over 3 minutes left. Parise and Niedermayer also scored for NJ. There was a good fight between Jody Shelley(NYR) and Pierre Luc-Letourneau-LeBlond (NJ) near the end of the first that got the building jacked for the first time. NJ had more shots, won more faceoffs and had more odd man rushes and scoring chances in the game.
The fallout is NJ has a shot to do damage against the Atlantic leading Penguins twice at the Rock within five days of each other. Pittsburgh is in on Friday night - I wouldn’t miss it for anything. Then the Pens return for more next Wednesday night. Those games are going to be huge for both teams, as NJ trails Pittsburgh by three points in the race for the Division.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are in 9th place in the Eastern race, three points behind the Bruins.
I think the Rock is the nicest building in the league and a great place to see a game. We hung in the Fire bar where Doc and Chico call the game on TV. Of course we also hit Scully’s in Newark before and after the game for a FRESHIE! Overall—good night with good friends and no one got shot or stabbed!
Thanks for the review, Scotty!
Anyways, the Blueshirts will be back in action tomorrow night in Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Thrashers. Should be a good one as both teams are fighting for a playoff spot, which means that the Rangers will need to come in with a huge effort if they want to pick up two points.
Can they do it?
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